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A Great LOUDREADING is in the Making.
But No One has Noticed.

by Post-Novis with WAI Think Tank 

© MAGAZIN 2022

A Great LOUDREADING is in the Making.
But No One has Noticed.

On the call of ‘WORLDMAKERSUNITE!’, a traveling group of performers gathers in sessions all around the world to produce and disseminate emancipatory propaganda. Under the title Post-Novis (named after a combination of post-colonial and the collectivist group Unovis) the collective continues the banned practice originated in tobacco factories of the Caribbean of loudreading anti-capitalist, feminist, utopian, and anti-colonialist literature. Loudreading is simple. Workers who didn’t have any means of formal education, would choose one of their own to loudread during the entire workday. The practice of reading aloud classics and the news was transformed by loudreaders like Puerto Rican anarcho-syndicalist, feminist, and utopian author Luisa Capetillo who read about the emancipation of workers, women, land, and love, and helped forge an anti-capitalist imagination built on networks of solidarity.

In the centenary memorial of Capetillo, as anti-colonialist, anti-imperialist, transfeminist, and emancipatory struggles consolidate at a planetary scale, the practice of Loudreading becomes ever more imminent.

A Great LOUDREADING is in the Making, But No One has Noticed borrows the title of Robert Musil’s last, unfinished chapter, to loudread worldmaking sessions in the heart of Vienna.

A Great LOUDREADING is in the making. But No One Has Noticed turns MAGAZIN into:

a tribune for loudreading post-colonial imaginaries

a stage for performing post-colonial Plays

a workshop for the production of post-colonial propaganda

an archipelago of broken effigies and defaced monuments

a living garden of historicized, fetishized, objectified, displaced, commodified botanical species

a collage of tropical opacity and avant-garde icons

Post-Novis is…

Nathalie Frankowski & Cruz Garcia / WAI Architecture Think Tank

Luis Othoniel Rosa

Hilary Wiese

Holly Craig

Ophelia S. Chan

Rose Florian

Christopher Rey Perez

A post-colonial play includes a collaboration by students from:

Iowa State University:

hibatullah هبة الله, 夏逢雪, Karl Mauro, 王思童, S. Barger, 陈帅卿, Vic Chen, Ruodi Zhang, Luke McDonell, Finn C. Cleveland, Daniel Leira, Lilian Agya Juma, Mercedes Cooper, أندراوس توفي Andrawes Tawfik.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University:

Vivian Gruendel, Jazlynn Castro, Jeremy Sloane, Jack Shields, Jennie Wells, Zixi Li, Diana Fernandez, Yuxiang Cao,Tanner Valachovic, Zhipeng Zhang.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign:

Shravan Arun, Poorva Choudhardy, Charlotte Elo, Michael Keslinke, Emily Tejeda Vargas, Jeremiah Beasley, Tejumola Bayowa, Udochukwu Anidobu.

University of California Berkeley:

Yasmine Kahsai, Samantha Miller, Claire Jang, Adam Cutts, Lily Oyler, Ari Bible, Collin Bampton, Lucy Wang, Alicia Moreira, Matthias Arauco-Shapiro, Elena Bouton, Marta Elliott.

Opening 17.06.2022    7 pm 

Exhibition 18.06. - 30.07.2022

Panel Discussion 21.06.2022   7 pm

with WAI Think Tank, Marlene Wagner and Sheri Avraham.


Post-Novis with WAI Think Tank

WAI Architecture Think Tank is a planetary studio questioning the political, historical, and material legacy and imperatives of architecture and urbanism. Founded in Brussels in 2008 by Puerto Rican architect, artist, curator, educator, author and theorist Cruz Garcia and French architect, artist, curator, educator, author and poet Nathalie Frankowski, WAI is one several platforms of public engagement that include Beijing-based anti-profit art space Intelligentsia Gallery, and the free and alternative education platform and trade-school LOUDREADERS. Garcia and Frankowski are Associate Professors at Iowa State University, faculty at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, and have held visiting professorships at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, The School of Architecture at Taliesin. Their work has been part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial and exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art New York, Neues Museum in Nuremberg, and the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology Lisbon. They are authors of Narrative Architecture: A Kynical Manifesto, Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture, A Manual of Anti-Racist Architecture Education, and the upcoming book Universal Principles of Architecture.

Luis Othoniel Rosa (Puerto Rico, 1985) is a scholar, novelist, and author of the novels Otra vez me alejo (Argentina, 2012) and Caja de fractales (Argentina/Puerto Rico 2017), and of the study Comienzos para una estética anarquista: Borges con Macedonio (Chile, 2016). His most recent novel has been translated as Down with Gargamel! (Argos Books, 2020). He studied at the University of Puerto Rico and holds a Ph.D. from Princeton. He teaches at University of Nebraska.

Hilary Wiese works with alternate embodiments of architectural thinking, representation, and production. She runs a theory-based practice producing works through mediums of narrative architecture, exhibition, installation, image, object, and model making, film, critical texts, photography, and publications.
She holds an M.Arch from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is currently a lecturer. Her thesis consisted of a series of installations that explored feminist subversions of avant-garde practices. Her work has been published in Deem Magazine, Horizonte Journal for Architectural Discourse, Perspecta and is part of Luis Othoniel Rosa English translation ‘Down with Gargamel’ (Argos, 2020), and has been exhibited at Maple Street Construct in Omaha and at FOLD where she was also a founding curator. She is a co-founding member of Post-Novis.

Rose Florian is a Black Puerto Rican designer interested in radical world building centered in decolonial practices. In her work she explores the intersection between race, colonialism, and feminism as a gateway to understand deep rooted systems that shape today’s communities. She believes that design can have a unique ability to disrupt hierarchical structures to provide spaces for those who are misrepresented. Rose, has a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Urban Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her current research, Unearthed Spaces, focuses on the unrecognized building practices brought to the Caribbean by enslaved African technologists.

Ophelia S. Chan (b.1985, Hong Kong) is an artist currently based in Vienna, Austria. She grew up between Hong Kong, Sydney and Beijing, then spent most of her adult life in Europe and China. She is trained in media arts and script-writing. In her artistic practice, she explores ideas concerning the performance of gender, feminism in modern China and the physicality of time-based media through the combination of image and object-making, while mixing found and original footage, experimenting with unconventional materials and techniques, as well as rethinking the traditional methods of presenting moving images.

Holly R Craig   Her fields of play : as an architect, film maker, author, artist, activist, and co-founder @ Post-Novis, FOLD Curatorial Platform, 16x21, and YS Collective
Her utilizations : in alternate futures, sci-fi film & anthropological-futurist storytelling of historical and new experiences in search for human trajectories. Her theoretical experimentation operates transdimensional in locality & simultaneously everywhere / triangulated  between an experimental volume in the midwest, virtual environments & hidden in tropicality through the revolution of Post-Novis.
Education : M. Arch and B.S. in Design from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Her work : published in Perspecta Magazine Vol. 54, Horizonte Magazine, part of Luis Othoniel Rosa’s English translation ‘Down with Gargamel!’ - Argos ‘20, Experiencing Alternate Futures, yHOBNC Manifesto, and FOLD, and exhibited at the Moss Art Center, Global Frequencies, Maple Street Construct, 16X21 a FOLD Curatorial Platform in Lincoln and at the A+D Museum in L.A.

Christopher Rey Pérez is a poet writing within a matrix of opaque folklore, violence, and language. He is the author ofgauguin's notebook,On the heels of our enemies,427-375, an untitled collaboration with Barbara Ess, Reynosa,El Siete Machos, and Compendio palestino-puertorriqueño en proceso. In 2019, he edited Aliens Beyond Paradise/ Alienígenas más allá del paraísowith Wendy’s Subway and the Queens Museum. He has also edited Dolce Stil Criollo, a bookworks project that makes up a small history of the Americas, since 2012. His next book is coming out with diSONARE Editorial in Mexico City.